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Con Dao Prison named special national relic

VGP - Con Dao Prison was given a certificate to become a special national relic at a ceremony with the presence of Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan.

March 24, 2013 5:03 PM GMT+7

Con Dao Prison was given a certificate to become a special national relic, Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, March 24, 2013 - Photo: VGP/Tu Luong

The certificate was handed over to the authorities of southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province for Con Dao Prison where some 20,000 Vietnamese revolutionaries died during the war against the French colonialists and American invaders. 

Addressing the event, Deputy PM Nhan said the title demonstrates the nation’s deep gratitude to 20,000 martyrs and heroes, who laid down their lives for the independence and freedom of the Fatherland and for the Communist Party of Vietnam’s ideals, making Con Dao the most sacred land in the country.

According to Mr. Nhan, the title is also a confirmation of the historical relic’s great value, contributing to educating younger generations on the nation’s heroic history.

Con Dao Prison witnessed Vietnamese revolutionaries with staunch spirit endure the brutal torture of French colonialists, and later American imperialists, from 1930 to 1975.

A decision to build Con Dao prison was issued in 1862. It encompassed eight prison blocks, each covering 10,000-25,000 square metres, and dozens of auxiliary cells, capable of detaining tens of thousands of prisoners./.

By Khanh Phuong